Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 30, 2015


Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections for September 30, 2015

Wyoming adopted the first state constitution to allow women to vote on September 30, 1889.

In fall of 1863, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, the second woman in the United States to graduate medical school, traveled to the Chattanooga area to treat soldiers wounded in the Battle of Chickamauga.

Despite her degree, at First Manassas she was only allowed to serve as a nurse. Eventually she became an unpaid volunteer field surgeon for the Union army and served on front line battlefields for nearly two years.

In fall of 1863, in response to the dire medical needs, she was transferred to a Union hospital in Chattanooga.  Finally, in September 1863, her relentless perseverance paid off, and she was awarded a commission as a “Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon (civilian)” with the Union Army of the Cumberland. It was technically a civilian, not a military, position, but she did receive compensation. A few months later she was appointed a civilian contract assistant surgeon for the 52nd Ohio Infantry, a Union regiment wintering in Chattanooga.

Though she had been a civilian contractor, Walker was recognized as the first-ever female U.S. Army Surgeon. In November 1865, President Andrew Johnson signed a bill awarding her the highest U.S. Armed Forces decoration for bravery, the Medal of Honor. The citation stated that she had “devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soldiers, both in the field and hospitals, to the detriment of her own health.  She had also endured hardships as a prisoner of war for four months in a Southern prison.”

Walker remains today the only woman, and one of only eight civilians, ever awarded the Medal of Honor.

President Woodrow Wilson spoke in favor of Women’s Suffrage in an address to Congress on September 30, 1918. The bill to pass the 19th Amendment would die in the Senate that year after passing the House.

On September 30, 1927, Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the season.

On September 30, 1976, Democrat Jimmy Carter led the Harris Poll for President over President Gerald Ford by a 50-41 margin. In November 1976, the popular vote tallied 50.08% for Carter to 48.01% for Ford, with an Independent taking nearly a point.

Georgia Politics, Campaigns, and Elections

The best news I’ve heard all morning isn’t really news in the traditional sense, but came in the form of an email informing me that Amazon Prime Now has expanded to offer same-day delivery in my area.

Former Georgia Republican Congressman Bob Barr (Smyrna) has joined the Ted Cruz Presidential Campaign as Chair of “Liberty Leaders for Cruz.”

In a statement, Barr said that Cruz understands the oath of office is a “solemn commitment” to act in accordance with the Constitution.

“Which is after all, the mechanism whereby our individual and collective freedoms as a country are secured. It is that commitment to the Constitution and to Liberty that has drawn me to serve Sen. Cruz,” Barr said.

Add State Rep. Brad Raffensperger to the list of supporters for the Georgia campaign of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams has dropped out of the November 3d election after her husband, Dick Williams, fell and broke his leg and required hip replacement.

Williams, who was appointed Mayor when former Mayor J. Max Davis resigned to run for a vacant seat in the State House of Representatives, was finishing the unexpired portion of Davis’ term and qualified to run for Mayor on her own, seeking election to a four-year term. But Williams’ campaign had gotten off to a slow start while she recovered from kidney surgery, and had to make funeral arrangements for her mother, who passed away in August.

Williams said she would not be able to care for her husband and carry out her duties as Mayor while running a campaign.

“My first priority is to take care of my family, especially my husband of 36 years,” Williams said. “I have responsibilities as the Mayor that I will not set aside. That means that campaigning would become the lowest priority, and I owe my supporters more than that. If I can’t make my campaign my first priority, I can’t really ask voters and supporters to do so. That’s why I’m ending my campaign.”

Williams had notified the city clerk of withdrawing from the race, but it was unclear at press time whether her name would still appear on ballots for the Nov. 3 election. An official with the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office said that ballots were being printed this week in anticipation of mailing absentee ballots and the start of early voting on Oct. 12.

The Brookhaven Post was able to catch up with John Ernst, one of two remaining candidates in the Brookhaven Mayor’s race.

“I spoke with Mayor Williams for a couple of hours yesterday and got the news about her withdrawal from the race,” Ernst told The Post. “I wish her husband a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the Georgia Gang soon. Mayor Williams has had a distinguished career in public service as one of the founding members of our City and the Editor of the Dunwoody Crier. I look forward to continue working with Rebecca and everyone to make Brookhaven better.”

With Williams pulling out of the race, that leaves attorney John Ernst and competitive eater Dale Boone as the remaining Candidates. This development also negates any possibility of a run-off.

On November 3rd, 2015 Brookhaven will, in fact, elect a new Mayor.

Republican DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester endorsed John Ernst after Williams dropped out.

Jester said in a release, “I first met John Ernst when he served as Chairman of the DeKalb County Ethics Board. Under his leadership, the Board became functional again and handed down its first conviction against an elected official in 15 years.”

Jester says she is endorsing John Ernst for Mayor of Brookhaven “because his experience and leadership make him uniquely qualified to keep up the good work in DeKalb’s newest city while providing the highest level of ethics, accountability, and value-added for the voters.”

“With three generations of his family – his parents, his wife and him, and their two young sons – living in Brookhaven,” Jester adds, “John Ernst is fully-invested in Brookhaven’s success for all its residents.”

Jester went on to say that her family’s prayers are with Dick Williams, who she says has has done so much for the citizens of Dunwoody and DeKalb County and with his wife and current Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams. “We wish them a speedy and full recovery and look forward to seeing them both.”

Did you catch where it says, “competitive eater Dale Boone”? The candidate for Brookhaven Mayor is one of the most interesting candidates not named after our favorite breakfast food. Here’s his logo:

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That’s clearly a shooting star trailing bacon behind it. Is this the result of the popularity of Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon’s bacon-themed campaign?

The bio page on Dale Boone’s website barely notes his distinguished career as a competitive eater. So, we turned to that compendium of true facts, Wikipedia for the skinny. Among the highlights of his professional competitive eating career:

In July 2006, Boone took part in the Memphis Rib Eating Championship and emerged as victor.

Boone went on to receive the title of Perry Krystal Champ by finishing, in eight minutes, thirty-seven Krystals.

In May 2009, Boone captured the winner’s title at the inaugural World Donut Eating Championship at Bangalore, India, organised by Donut Baker.

Boone holds a total of 52 world records. Some of them are records for eating hot dogs, including having eaten ten hot dogs in two minutes and fifty-five seconds. He has also set a world record for eating twenty-eight reindeer sausages in twelve minutes. His second world record of finishing two hundred and seventy-four Russian dumplings (pelmeni) in six minutes was included in a compilation by Bleacher Report, titled “Top 10 Unbreakable and Disgusting Competitive Eating Records”. His win at the 2009 Indian donut eating contest earned him another world record for chowing down forty-four doughnuts in twelve minutes.Boone is the reigning World Champion of the World League Of Competitive Eating (WLOCE), HQ in Bangalore, India.

That’s three dozen donuts in six minutes across three rounds of competition. We are in awe.

Presidential News

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If I were looking for a reason to support Donald Trump for President, I might have found it in this: he once owned a bright blue Lamborghini Diablo Roadster and branded it with a Donald Trump plaque. The car is now for sale with an asking price of $299k. In the article about the Diablo, Lamborghini of Atlanta was cited.

I put a call in to Ed Bolian, head of sales for Lamborghini of Atlanta and the man who inherited the Cannonball Runrecord from me. Bolian’s as honest and earnest as a Lamborghini dealer can be, and I trust his judgment. He’s discreet about his politics, so I figured he’d be objective in appraising the car’s value.

“It’s probably worth $175k to 180k,” he said, “but you have to ask at least $100k more than you’ll accept. Anyway, Trump’s ownership doesn’t really add anything, because pretty much anyone who bought a Diablo back then was a celebrity.”

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Both of the photos above are Lamborghini Diablo VTs that I photographed in Atlanta. As far as I know, neither was ever owned by Donald Trump.

On Wednesday, October 14th, Dr. Ben Carson will appear in Atlanta at a fundraising reception at Cobb Galleria. For $2700 you get a Photo Op and VIP Reception at 6 PM and will be listed as a Host. A thousand dollars gets you the VIP reception and photo and for $500 you get into the general reception at 6 PM.

With a previously announced event in Gainesville on October 11th, we wonder if Dr. Carson will be spending several days in Atlanta next month.

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